Willow Flycatcher Survey Training

The southwestern willow flycatcher is a small perching bird that was federally listed as an endangered species in 1995. These birds breed in densely vegetated riparian areas mostly in Arizona, New Mexico and southern California. They migrate for the winter to the rainforests of Mexico, Central America and Northern South America. Parts of the Verde […]

A Successful 2019 Birding Festival – A Big Thanks!

Each year hundreds of birders descend on Dead Horse Ranch State Park for the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival. They come from all over the country to spend time along the Verde River, Mingus Mountain and the peaks of Flagstaff to see the magnificent birds that come through our area during the Spring migration. […]

Water Related Outdoor Recreation Adds 3 Billion to Economy in Yavapai and Coconino Counties, New Report Says

In a new study on the economic impact of water related outdoor recreation released by Audubon Arizona this week, 545,000 Arizona residents participating in water related outdoor recreation in Yavapai and Coconino counties create an annual economic impact of $3 billion. Locally, the report found that 216,000 Arizona residents participate in outdoor recreation along water […]

Lower Verde Adventures Part III

“Fountain Grass!” Ben yells the name of the plant species we are hunting, and swiftly darts to the side of the river in his blue ducky.  The rest of the crew, not far behind, scrambles to find a spot along the tiny bank, grasping onto willows overhanging the river. After some reorganizing, the cluster of […]

Verde River hits Historic Highs

If you spend any time on the Verde River you quickly here the stories about the 1993 and 2004 floods. In 2004 at its high, the flow gauge in Camp Verde hit 50,000 cfs, cubic feet per second. The average flow for the gauge is about 150 cfs. But 1993 is the one year that […]

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